- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Amos 4
Israel’s luxurious life and vain piety.
Israel brought God’s judgement out of her indulgence of luxury. Prophet Amos was very attentive to social injustice. God warned against Israel of seven disasters but Israel has not heeded the Lord’s repeated warnings.
The wealthy and greedy women of Samaria represents the sinful life of Israel, being as guilty as their husbands, will also be punished. “Cows of Bashan,” is a symbol of luxury. (Psalm 22:112)
Israel’s love of public rites before God at the chief sanctuary at Bethel is a vain piety without doing justice. Since Israel has ignored God’s repeated warnings through nature and history, she must prepare to meet God, who is characterized by patient love and inexorable justice. This is a prophetic call to repent and return to God.
Call to repent is written in the form of doxology, “the Lord God Almighty is his name.” (v.13)
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?